International Dialogue on Migration

The past decades have witnessed an expansion of inter-governmental and other initiatives to develop joint approaches to migration. IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) has held a pioneering role in bringing together all migration stakeholders, at a global level, for free and open discussions on the opportunities and challenges which migration presents.

The IDM is IOM’s principal forum for migration policy dialogue. Founded in 2001 and rooted in IOM’s Constitution and Strategy, the IDM is open to IOM Member and Observer States, as well as international and non-governmental organizations, migrants, and partners from media, academia or the private sector. The IDM provides a space to analyse current and emerging issues in migration governance and to exchange experiences, policy approaches and effective practices.

Every year, the IDM is guided by an overarching theme. The annual theme is elaborated during one or two sessions bringing together migration policymakers and practitioners from around the world.

2021Accelerating integrated action on sustainable development: migration, the environment and climate change

2020: International Dialogue on Migration 2020 COVID-19 crisis: Reimagining the role of migrants and human mobility for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 

2019: Youth and migration: Engaging youth as key partners in migration governance

2018: Inclusive and Innovative Partnerships for Effective Global Governance of Migration - [Final report]

2017: Strengthening International Cooperation on and Governance of Migration Towards the Adoption of a Global Compact on Migration in 2018

2016: Follow-up and Review of Migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2015: Conference on Migrants and Cities  - [Final Report]

2014: Human Mobility and Development: Emerging Trends and New Opportunities for Partnerships

2013: Diaspora Ministerial Conference -  [Final Report]​

2012: Managing Migration in Crisis Situations

2011: The Future of Migration: Building Capacities for Change

2010: Migration and Social Change

2009: Human Rights and Migration: Working Together for Safe, Dignified and Secure Migration

2008: Return Migration: Challenges and Opportunities

2007: Migration Management in the Evolving Global Economy

2006: Partnerships in Migration 

2005: Towards Policy Coherence on Migration

2004: Valuing Migration

2003: Migration in a Globalized World



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